MTN Ghana Foundation on Thursday donated an incubator to the Zebilla Hospital in the Upper East Region to support the health care of children below five years and improve healthcare delivery in the Bawku West district.
The donation is one of the 10 incubators and five ventilators valued at GH₵ 125,000 given out to ten public health institutions nationwide.
Mr Abdullai Yahaya, Portfolio Advisor of MTN Ghana Foundation said the gesture was in response to the alarming rate of neonatal mortality in the country. The gift would thus augment services and partly address the challenges confronting health care institutions in the country.
Mr Yahaya said public and private partnerships were critical as Ghana strives to achieve the Millennium Development Goals on health, adding that, MTN would not renege in doing so, to push the agenda forward.
He said the selection of the health institutions of which Zebilla was one, was based on the presence of qualified staff to operate the equipment and expressed the hope that the incubator donated to the hospital would reduce incidences of child mortality in the country.
According to the Portfolio Advisor, MTN foundation as a corporate entity had invested in other sectors such as education and economic empowerment for the youth and cited the establishment of Information Technology Centres (ICT) at Pwalugu and the St. Charles special school in Bolgatanga.
He pledged the Foundation’s support in cutting edge technology to ensure customers were provided innovative services.
Mr Bentie Abubakari, Health Service Administrator, who received the incubator at the hospital thanked MTN Ghana Foundation for the support and said the facility would be resourceful to the hospital in curbing infant and child mortalities.
He said the gesture would be an indicator for reference in future “without MTN you would not have seen your birthday” and called for more of such support.
He also called on government to help in the expansion of the hospital since the existing facilities were over stretched. GNA